Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
450. THE BEAR AND THE CRABS
Perry 550 (Phaedrus
Whenever the bear cannot find food in the woods, he runs down to the
rocky shore and, grabbing hold of a rock, he gradually lowers his hairy
legs into the water. As soon as some crabs have caught hold of his fur,
he leaps up onto dry land and shakes off these spoils from the sea. The
bear then feasts on the food he has cleverly collected all over his legs.
This shows how hunger can sharpen even the most dull-witted creatures.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.